SMH begins extended OB and childbirth classes
OB Services and Childbirth Education classes at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics (SMH) have been given a facelift! The new series consists of four classes that will be offered on Mondays.  If you attend four Mondays in a row you will have attended the entire series. Sr. Janet Barnard, RN and Barb Michels, RN showing off the their Labor Demonstration Doll. Photo provided by Cheri Holthaus.
“Topics for week one will include stages of labor, meeting our medical staff, touring the hospital, signing up for the Text4Baby program and a Q&A session,” say Sr. Janet Barnard, RN, Director of Mission Services and Childbirth educator. Sr. Janet has been offering the new materials at SMH for several months.
“We know that many families feel the need to go out of town to deliver their babies, but we want to show them we have very qualified and eager staff here to meet all of their needs,” says Barb Michels, RN and OB Clinical Coordinator. “We are encouraging moms and dads to attend our classes and get comfortable with the staff and with the facility.”
“Other topics for the classes include breathing techniques, pre-natal yoga, pain management during childbirth, breastfeeding, nutritional needs during pregnancy, infant CPR, community resources, and car seat use. We know that you are busy and that is why we have designed these classes to be one hour long and cover as much info in that hour as possible. We are of course available for questions if you need more time though!” says Sr. Janet.
“At SMH we want you to know that all our babies are a special delivery! All families who choose to give birth with us can expect experienced, caring doctors with OB training and specially trained nursing staff. We also make a special effort to include dad during pregnancy, labor and delivery process and beyond. Our fabulous kitchen staff will prepare a special casserole, bread and dessert to take with you for your first night at home,” continues Michels. “We are hoping with the new additions to our OB program, including the weekly classes, that you will experience a seamless transition from hospital to clinic for follow up and well child care.”
 “I’m really enjoy teaching these classes; I think they are a great way to educate new moms and dads as well as ones who may have done this before and just need a refresher,” says Sr. Janet.
Classes are Monday evening in Cottonwood (Kamiah by arrangement) from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Call SMH 962-3251and ask for the nurse’s station to enroll in the classes. You can also visit the St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics Facebook page or enroll at 

St. Mary’s Hospital Employee Fund Offering Scholarships
The Personnel Action Committee from St. Mary’s Hospital and clinics will be offering scholarships to area seniors.  The criteria for applying for the $500 scholarships are; must be a currently enrolled senior in an accredited high school in one of the five service areas for St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics; Cottonwood, Craigmont, Grangeville, Kamiah and Nezperce and pursuing a career in a healthcare related field.  Applicants must complete the application form, which will be available at all the area high schools, and turn it in by the April 30th deadline.  A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior from each school.
The selection committee will consist of members of the St. Mary’s Employee Satisfaction Task Force.  Awards will be based on; attendance, school activities, community/work involvement, essay, reference and neatness of application.
The $500 scholarships will be awarded each May and will be paid directly to the institution of higher learning upon receipt of proof of registration.

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